Speaking to the media at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday, Miguel’s father, Marlon, said that he was still trying to come to terms with the death of his son.
“I went down this morning after I heard the news from his sister. I made my way down because I refused to believe the news until I saw him for myself. And let me tell you, seeing your son on the ground like that, it real hard. It is not something I would wish on anyone at all. To know that he’s not even 18 yet, but he’s lying inside a drain, face covered in mud, bleeding from bullets he didn’t deserve. That is something no parent should ever have to see,” Marlon Miguel explained.
He said the situation was made even more painful because his son was not involved in any criminal activities.
“I am the first person to say if you doing something wrong, then as hard as it may be, you look for your thing. That’s just me, people close to me are in jail right now, and I tell them that as is. But you see Michael? He wasn’t a bad boy or anything like that. All he wanted was to be around girls. At his age that’s all he was thinking about. In fact that’s what get him in that situation. He was home and he get a call from some girls to come out and lime, so he and his friends pick up and leave the house after 2 a.m. to go out, not knowing that he was going straight to his death,” he recalled.
He also noted that, as far as he was aware, his son was never threatened, but he could not speak for his friends. He also said his son was an avid “sportsman” and was even hoping to represent this country at international Volleyball competitions in the near future.
He said Michael was the third of six children and he was recruited into the LifeSport Programme.